At home on the road
There were high fives, hugs and tears when the Jets played theirlast home game at Giants Stadium on Jan. 3. The fans wanted players tostick around as long as possible, but truth is, the Jets couldn’t waitto leave town.
There were high fives, hugs and tears when the Jets played their last home game at Giants Stadium on Jan. 3. The fans wanted players to stick around as long as possible, but truth is, the Jets couldn’t wait to leave town.
There’s something about the road that adds another level of swagger to Rex Ryan’s team. At 5-3, they had the only winning road record in the AFC East, dropping just one such game since Week 5.
“I think we have that mentality, we like it being us against the world,” defensive end Mike Devito said yesterday. “We always play with a chip on our shoulders.”
The Indianapolis Colts are well aware of the danger they face on Sunday. After all, the Colts are one of the victims of the Jets’ five-game road winning streak. Plus, two of the previous four Super Bowl champions pulled off what the Jets are attempting — three straight road playoff wins.
“We go in there, and we want to quiet the other team’s crowd, we want to make that stadium our stadium,” defensive end Jamaal Westerman said. “I think it spurs us on.”
The Jets averaged 170 yards rushing and owned a turnover margin of plus-3 in their first two postseason wins over Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
“It don’t matter where we play them, we feel we can beat any team anywhere,” cornerback Donald Strickland said.